Robert 'Dutchy' Holland
Many people would remember Robert "Dutchie" Holland taking wickets for Australia in the mid-1980s cricket tests and famously demolishing the batting line-up of the West Indies, but in Lake Macquarie we acknowledge him equally for his unswerving commitment to his local community. I have known Bob for many years and was pleased to see him recognised with a Medal of the Order of Australia on Australia Day. It was a fitting acknowledgement for a true gentleman of sport. Bob, from Toronto, played 11 test cricket matches for Australia between 1984 and 1986 and 95 first-class matches before his sporting retirement. Since then he has worked tirelessly off the pitch for his sport and the youngsters playing the game.
Bob usually shuns the headlines, but was unfortunately in them last year when he was assaulted by two people he caught damaging a cricket field at Awaba. He is a true gentleman who loves cricket and, with the support of his wife, Carolyn, actively supports local youth in their sporting endeavours. He was made a life member of Cricket NSW in 2009 and has performed in every role in local cricket circles throughout his distinguished career. I take this opportunity to congratulate Bob and Carolyn on his award and again thank him for the extraordinary contributions he has made to the Lake Macquarie community.